What Size of Photo is Required for UAE Emirates ID?

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) recently updated the process for submitting residence permits and ID card applications electronically, requiring the applicant to also upload a photograph.

If you are planning to apply for a new or renewal of your residence visa and Emirates IDOpens in a new tab. through the smart system, you may please follow the below guidelines on the specifications of the photograph requirement.

The specifications are:

  • Image: high quality, recent, coloured, not older than six months (40 – 35 mm in width)
  • Background: white.
  • Features: Neutral facial expressions (natural, not exaggerated).
  • Head position: Straight, not tilted, parallel to the photographic lens.
  • Eyes: Open towards the camera and without the use of colored lenses.
  • Glasses: Acceptable as long as they do not obscure the eyes and do not reflect light.
  • Dress code: Similar to the dress on the holder’s passport.
  • Head covering: Allowed according to national dress or religious belief.
  • Resolution (pixels): At least 600 dpi without ink traces or shrinkage

This applies to all the age group.


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